In the Winds


I got Seoul….
February 8, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Korea

The pun’s been said before, but it doesn’t get less funny to me.

Fortunate being that I am, my birthday this year coincided with Lunar New Year – a widely celebrated holiday in many parts of Asia. Thus, rather than working a Monday birthday, we had it and Tuesday off of work. We did a little pre-birthday celebrating on Friday in Dalmaji-gil – an area close to our apartment that we’ve only recently discovered, we admit sheepishly. Unlike the countless whitegray highrises, the blandly-designed restaurants, and the 15 identical cell phone shops that we pass on our walk to school every day, Dalmaji-gil has as surprising amount of personality in the form of diverse architecture, unique cafe ideas, and color, real color, on some of the buildings! We then spent Saturday through Tuesday exploring Seoul – taking in the sights, shopping, eating some amazing food (like Subway), and being colder than we’ve been all year at a blustery 20*F. I make no apologies, Minnesota.

-liz

A lighthouse in the Dalmaji-gil area.

A lighthouse in the Dalmaji-gil area.

Our Neighbors.

Our Neighbors.

Eric surprised me by taking me to Alexander's, a really nice restaurant overlooking the ocean.

Eric surprised me by taking me to Alexander's, a really nice restaurant overlooking the ocean.

Beautiful, beautiful steak. Although this was the meal's climax, we did take a few baby steps into seafood in earlier courses.

Beautiful, beautiful steak. Although this was the meal's climax, we did take a few baby steps into seafood in earlier courses.

Eric's last surprise of the evening was to take me to this overlook at the top of Dalmaji-gil. I had never even seen it before. It was cold walking up there, but once we did, we had some great views, including the Gwangan-li bridge all lit up.

Eric's last surprise of the evening was to take me to this overlook at the top of Dalmaji-gil. I had never even seen it before. It was cold walking up there, but once we did, we had some great views, including the Gwangan-li bridge all lit up.

In Seoul, we stayed in the Insadong area, which is known for its antiques and its bargains - 2 things we love.

In Seoul, we stayed in the Insadong area, which is known for its antiques and its bargains - 2 things we love.

The first REAL snow we've seen all year.

The first REAL snow we've seen all year.

Eating Fresh in Korea.

Eating Fresh in Korea.

We went to Seoul Tower, which sits on the top of a hill and overlooks the entire city. On the chainlink fencing around the tower, by way of tradition, people had locked into place thousands of messages into place and then thrown they keys down the steep, surrounding hill.

We went to Seoul Tower, which sits on the top of a hill and overlooks the entire city. On the chainlink fencing around the tower, by way of tradition, people had locked into place thousands of messages into place and then thrown they keys down the steep, surrounding hill.

at the top
Seoul from the viewing deck after we'd waited out the sunset over a cup of coffee.

Seoul from the viewing deck after we'd waited out the sunset over a cup of coffee.

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Eric – by the look on your face I’m guessing that’s the first time you seen a sub sandwich in a while…

That locks thing is pretty interesting. It would be cool to try and find the pile of keys at the bottom of the hill. Are you able to read the messages on the locks?

I love the picture of the sunset over Seoul… cities are cool.

Hope all is well!

Comment by Darren Johnson

I must admit I get a little travel envy when I look at your photos…

But, way to go Eric for taking Liz to such a nice place and then surprising her with that cool lookout…nice work 🙂

miss you guys!

Comment by Rachel Johnson

Happy Birthday Liz! Looks like an incredible evening! Nice work Eric.

Comment by Billy Shaw




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